Can anyone comment about how big/invasive the Nvidia graphics driver is to the rest of the stack? Last time I used an Nvidia card (about 4 years ago) the Nvidia blob replaced a large amount of Mesa/X and the rest of the system, which is why eg. RandR support took so long to be implemented.
If it's still being maintained that way then Nvidia definitely is being hostile to Linux development, it's taking the "we can't support a tainted kernel" argument and extending it to say "you're not actually running Linux any more once you install the Nvidia blob" - all for a graphics/parallel compute device
its just a complete joke how these drivers hurt your system !
hurt means: you have to reinstall the complete system if you want to use other hardware because all your files are broken.
with a REAL linux system you can put the harddriver in hardware you want without a reinstall!
It amazes me that Windows and OS X are able to make these proprietary drivers work without a hitch.
The way people talk here, it's simply an impossibly horrible way of doing things.
I find it not really that invasive that they replace some few libraries with versions that are optimized for the drivers, as long as they write them back when you de-install the drivers.
but in fact a stable API is just stupid if you want a fast developed system
in the long run linux will beat all other systems because of this " fast developed system " system.
you can watch this effect in supercomputers linux just beat all other systems.
same effect in "smartphones" android do you really think a slow developed system is better to get improvements in the future ?
Agreed. I did this with DRM. Of course, I'd mention "If the company you get it from turns off a server.. like if they go out of business or just lose interest... then your files will not work." In one ear and out the other, until exactly that happened to them, then it dawned on them what I was saying.Even if you're not aware of the problem, you will still suffer the consequences. I'd say it's our obligation as computer-literate people to bring these issues to the surface.
Well, I figure it'll be similar for this, some people "won't care" until inevitably some closed-source-driver bit of hardware they have goes out of support and won't work with any newer linux distro (in other words, newer kernel and so on.)
All this said... I wouldn't flip them off personally. I don't like the continuing lack of specifications for video cards. But the fact of the matter is they provide excellently performing Linux drivers that support a wide range of kernels and Xorg servers. I don't give them a fuck you for that.